Truckfighters vs Witchrider - The Return of the Fuzzsplit Volume One LP Vinyl (Import)

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Special Features: Side B songs play backwards.

Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Dig You Down (Truckfighters)
  2. Far From You (Witchrider)

Side B

  1. Dig You Down (Truckfighters) (45 RPM Backwards)
  2. Far From You - Witchrider (45 RPM Backwards)

Release Date: 2014

Label: Fuzzorama Records

Origin: Sweden

It’s worth noting that of all the bands Truckfighters have brought into the fold of their label, Fuzzorama Records — from Dexter Jones Circus Orchestra, to Asteroid, to Valley of the Sun — Austrian four-piece Witchrider are the first with whom the Örebro fuzzlords have actually teamed up for a release. Dubbed The Return of the Fuzzsplit with the heading of Truckfighters vs. Witchrider, the new 12″ is available now from Fuzzorama and hearkens back to the very first release on the imprint, “fuzz CD001,” 2003’s Fuzzsplit of the Century between Truckfigthers vs. Firestone.

That split (review here) marked a transition point for Truckfighters, since it would be the last thing bassist Oskar “Ozo” Cedermalm would release with his former band (i.e. Firestone) and, as noted, the first Truckfighters outing through their own label. 11 years later, the fuzzsplit’s return finds Truckfighters in a much different situation. Four albums out, including this year’s Universe (review here), a documentary in their honor, and more tours and photos of them jumping up and down than I think even they could be bothered to count at this point, Truckfighters are among the foremost purveyors of fuzz the world over. They’ve busted their collective ass and a few drummers along the way to get there — the role is currently filled by Axel “Enzo” Larsson alongside Cedermalm on bass/vocals and guitarist Niklas “Dango” Källgren — but especially live, they’re undeniable. Their slogan at this point has become “Quite Possibly the Best Band in the World,” and they play like it every night out.

Whether they’re reviving the Fuzzsplit in order to introduce Witchrider to their built-in, increasing, and loyal fanbase or just to have something to take with them on their upcoming European tour together, the endorsement speaks volumes and provides yet another example of Truckfighters‘ unwavering work ethic. - JJ Kozcan (TheObelisk.net September 15, 2014)